News in Brief: FIFA World Cup 2026 in Minneapolis, News on Loons, and More

by on 17 August 2017

Minneapolis seeking to host FIFA World Cup matches in 2026

U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis was listed among 49 other stadiums as a potential site to host matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup bid submitted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada. By that time the 63,000-seat stadium will have hosted Super Bowl LII, the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2019, and the 2017 and 2018 X Games. The City of Minneapolis has from now until September 5th 2017 to submit its bid to the United Bid Committee for consideration.

Ethan Finlay and Alex Kapp settle in

Newcomers to the Minnesota United squad Ethan Finlay and Alex Kapp are now training with the team full time and getting a sense of their surroundings.  For Ethan Finlay, that means getting used to playing with Kevin Molino and his tendencies, among others.  For Alex Kapp, this means finding stability and relying on a previous relationship established with goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth from training sessions with the New England Revolution when Kapp was in school in the Boston area.

Allianz Field will have an elevated field

Tim Newcomb wrote on FourFourTwo today about some newly revealed features of Minnesota United’s future home venue. The new stadium will feature an elevated field creating a platform of sorts for the players. As previously discussed, the new stadium will have one of the steepest standing sections in the supporters section located in the stadium’s south end.  Also, a brew hall will be installed in the north end of the stadium featuring a 60-foot-long bar open to everyone most days of the week, not just match day.

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